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Awaiting diagnosis - wanting excision

Hi everyone. Long time lurker/ newbie here. I have my pre-op next week for a diagnostic laparoscopy. Although undiagnosed, I am almost certain I have endo, having painful periods/ ovulation, brown spotting often for the entire second half of my cycle, major digestive issues (diarrhea/ acid reflux etc), very occasional rectal pain, fatigue, acne, almost constant bloating and general abdominal/ pelvic pain. I will add that my sister has suspected endo, but they cancelled her surgery on the basis that her symptoms have vastly improved without any intervention. I have had an ultrasound/ smear and both were clear. Doctors have repeatedly told me all symptoms are a result of stress/ anxiety... the irony being I'm stressed and anxious because of my symptoms. 

I am feeling a bit daunted by the thought of my diagnostic lapo, not because I am afraid of the surgery/ aftermath, but my hospital will only treat any they find with diathermy, and I've heard terrible stories about this worsening the condition and creating more adhesions. I have read many positive stories of excision, and am really keen to pursue this, if I am able to. Given that my pre-op is next week, how do I go about asking for a referral to a BSGE Centre? My nearest one appears to be in Worcester, I am just unsure of the process, and if there is even any guarantee that excision will be offered?

I appreciate any advice. Thanks. 

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Hello, I am at the same stage as you, awaiting a diagnosis. Is your lap being done by General gynae or at an endo centre? I am awaiting my diagnostic laparoscopy with general gynaecology at my local hospital and if they find severe endo they will refer me to the BSGE centre then 


Thanks for your reply. My lap is being done by general gynae at my local hospital - but they've said if they find any endo during it they will burn it off, so although I want to go ahead with the diagnostic lapo so I can finally get an answer about what I have, I don't know how I feel about them using diathermy, if that makes sense. Good luck with yours :) 


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